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Sarah's Quilt

(Sarah Agnes Prine #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  10,784 ratings  ·  1,969 reviews
Sarah's Quilt, the long-awaited sequel to These Is My Words, continues the dramatic story of Sarah Agnes Prine. Beloved by readers and book clubs from coast to coast, These Is My Words told the spellbinding story of an extraordinary pioneer woman and her struggle to make a home in the Arizona Territories. Now Sarah returns.

In 1906, the badlands of Southern Arizona Territor
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Paperback, 402 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2005)
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Krystal
May 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Krystal by: Debra Eckel
This is the sequel to "These Is My Words", which is probably one of my very favorite books of all time. Sarah's Quilt picks up a few years after These Is My Words left off. It's about a summer full of trials and how they are endured and what is learned.

Sarah Agnes Prine Elliot is still living in the Arizona Territory. Her children are grown and she is discovering that she is having a hard time letting them go. There is a drought that's threatening to destroy her ranch. Her brother Harland and hi
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Cami
May 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
Well I'm just plumb tuckered out and fit to be tied after reading this book. Although I did enjoy seeing Sarah move on with her life, I think I would have rather left her memory the way it ended in These is My Words. This book is so far fetched and over the top with trials and heartaches. Made me exhausted reading it. Couldn't relate to it the same as the first book, and it didn't have as many tidbits of wisdom. It was interesting and she pulls you in just the same as the first book. It was good ...more
Andrea
Jul 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
I think this book was well written, but frankly, the story was just SO dang sad, it stressed me out reading it. Everyone says, oh she finds love, so I keep reading and thinking she will have a happy life, then when I'm positive it can't get any more depressing, it totally does! I truly hope one person did not go thru THAT many tragedies in real life. I don't know if I can stand to read the 3rd book in this series, it's too much of a downer - (I did just read the reviews of the 3rd book and every ...more
Rachel
Jan 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize These Is My Words had two sequels until after I finished it. And when I found out, I was bummed. ME, the queen of sequels! I felt that These Is My Words was beautiful and heart-rending and deliciously complete in and of itself. To continue the story would dilute the one already told. So, I promised myself to ignore the sequels so I wouldn't risk ruining the closure I already had. But of course, I couldn't resist, and I'm happy I read on. Turner churns out the adventure and roman ...more
kathleen
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it
A sequel usually doesn't live up to the orginal and this novel only gets 3 stars maybe 3.5. I loved These is my Words but this continuation of Sarah's life was sad, depressing, and I believe, I would have rather ended her story with the first book. Sarah was a strong woman and I did enjoy the characters and how their thoughts and actions color their lives however without more uplifting stories the book didn't hold my interest, compel me to read, want me to experience her life. There are good boo ...more
Lois
Sep 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book might better have been titled "Sarah's Affliction". I really began to feel overwhelmed by all her hardships and couldn't figure out how she was ever going to come out on top. On top of everything that went wrong, I was still so sad about the loss of Jack in the first book--that was a total blow to me. (Turner did such a good job of making him endearing.) But, I did enjoy reading it and enjoyed Sarah's perspective on things. I will say, the woman sure is a hard worker! Just reading abou ...more
Lindsay (Everyday Is An Adventure)
Today I finished the second book in Nancy E. Turner's trilogy, Sarah's Quilt about the life of Sarah Agnes Prine, mother and pioneer.

Like the first novel, These Is My Words, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am definitely looking forward to finishing the trilogy with Star Garden next.

My Thoughts:

Like the first novel, this book really did capture what life must have been like for the pioneers that made their way into the territories and carved a life for themselves. This part of Sarah's journey
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Karyl
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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I agree with many reviewers here on Goodreads that Sarah's Quilt isn't quite as good as These Is My Words, the first in the series. That said, this is still a spectacularly good book, one I devoured in a mere two days. There are some issues with this novel, most particularly that the diary format doesn't work in this book. The chapters are far too long and detailed to be entries from Sarah's diaries, and I believe Nancy Turner would have been better off writing this in the first person without t ...more
Heather Turiello
Nancy E Turner's These Is My Words was such a wonderful book, spanning Sarah Prine's life, that it's hard to imagine there being another whole book about Sarah. And to imagine that this book could hold a candle to the first is even harder to imagine. But it does.

Sarah's Quilt actually takes place in one year, 1906. And I'd highly recommend this be treated as a sequel. The story loses too much if it's read without reading the first book first. One thing that struck me is the reviewers who thought
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Angela
2 stars feels so low, but when I think about how I liked this book my reaction is "It was okay" so I guess it fits. Maybe more like 2,75 stars.

This takes place a couple of years after the end of THESE IS MY WORDS. It was interesting to see what happens to Sarah, but it wasn't the same reading experience as TisMW. I read one review that said all of the tragedies that befell Sarah in this book were a little too over-the-top. I disagreed until the last couple of incidents when I sort of rolled my e
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Mary
Mar 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a sequel to These Is My Words, but it is written differently. Instead of several different happenings over a span of several years, this diary covers one very complicated year. All of the events are interrelated and focus on one issue. Although it still has dates on it like a diary, it no longer is written like a diary anymore. However, the events occuring are quite interesting and still grabs you despite the differences.

Life parallel: Sarah's life events pass so quickly during her youth
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Margaret
Almost a 3 and half star book for me. Not as good as These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 though I still enjoyed it. There is a huge lull in the middle of the book. The beginning and ending was better for me while the mid section was a bit boring.
Nancy
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sarah Agnes Prine, my old friend. I’m looking forward to reading the last book of your story. This book was a bit long, but I loved falling back into life with you on the ranch.
Lisa Hill
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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Andrea Bailey
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
MAJOR INEXCUSABLE INCONSISTENCIES! When the book doesn’t know how many children the main character had that died, or where they are buried; it destroys the illusion that any of this really happened. It makes you feel like the author doesn’t really care about Sarah.(See pg383 These is my words, then pg 14, 109 and 369 in Sarah’s Quilt) The fact is that when they remind you of the blunder at the beginning middle and end of the book it is very difficult to get past it. Also, there were other proble ...more
Ami
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-bad
I kind of had to slog through this one. I might have even given up on it if I hadn't read somewhere that the third book is a lot better.
What was up with all the typos? It's understandable to have one or two minor errors, but there were enough throughout Sarah's Quilt that it was distracting. The writing wasn't nearly as engaging, and I felt like Sarah's character wasn't true to who she had become in the first book. Plus, some of the most dramatic points in the story weren't adequately explained
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Sharla
Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love this book almost as much as These Is My Words. Without a guy like Jack to add that romantic aspect to the book and provide some relief from the harsh realities of Sarah's life, I just couldn't love it as much, however. I didn't think that this one was quite as well written and it was confusing in parts. Sometimes it felt as if Sarah thought things, but didn't clue the reader in on exactly what it was that she was seeing or realizing. I also didn't think that some of the characters motives ...more
Jennifer Hughes
Ugh. I don't understand my reaction to this book. "These Is My Words" was so amazing; I used to tell everyone it was a must-read. To think that I don't like its sequel is baffling to me. I guess it has to do with the way certain books speak to us at specific times of life. I've tried and tried to pick this up over the last several months and just can't make myself finish it. Filing this one under "It's not you, it's me," with apologies to the author, and putting it back in the little library.
Amy
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
I loved These Is My Words, but this book left me disappointed and confused. I felt like Sarah was a different person in this book. All of Sarah's clever wit and charm, that made her so lovable and appealing in the 1st novel, was completely lost in this sequel. Also, just as a side note, how many kids did she have? Seems Nancy couldn't make up her mind.
Marci
Mar 06, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked the first book (These Is My Words)better. Too much happened in this book for me to believe all of it could happen to just one person.
Lida
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The life of Sarah Agnes Prine Elliot is colorful and full of drama. Her world view is marked by a forthright pragmatism, as well as a clear sense of duty and appreciation for her family. As with her first book about Sarah (These Is My Words), Nancy Turner throws in plenty of the adversity one imagines settlers in the Arizona Territories would face at the turn of the century. Two characteristics that are familiar from the first book: there is a love that grows before Sarah is fully aware of it (w ...more
Lisa Brown
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The sequel to "These is My Words," it continues the story of Sarah Agnes Prine. It has been years since her husband died, her boys are grown and are in college, and she is struggling to keep the ranch alive in the face of a three year drought. In the midst of these trials, the wayward son of her late brother, Earnest, spears at their doorstep, claiming to want to learn ranching, but he may just be more trouble than he is worth. As life keeps throwing Sarah trial after trial, she slowly reaches t ...more
Lauren Mugar
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Just as much as These Is My Words. I want so badly for Sarah to be a real person. I just love her so much. When the book was over, I craved to read more or know more about her life. The author did amazing at being able to bring this story to life. It all felt so real. It's a long book and sometimes, during the beginning, I felt like it was taking a bit to get into, but it was so worth it. I can't wait to read The Star Garden.
Tracy
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sort of enjoyable because I wanted to know more about the characters and their lives, but felt like I had to just plod on through diaster after diaster just so I could finish the book so that I could move onto the last and final installment, where I've been promised a happy ending.
Hope the third book in the series leaves me feeling as satisfied as the first one did.
Beth Sponzilli
The sequel to a favorite book of mine, These is My Words. This book had a slower pace to it and much more domestic everyday dilemmas and adventure, than the first book. I really enjoyed it and loved the continuing story of Sarah Prine and her family in the wilderness of Arizona.
Pat
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, though I am a bit awed by the number of catastrophes that occurred to one woman!!
Kiersten
Jan 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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Tamara
This was good but just not as good as These is My Words. How could it be without (view spoiler)? The absence of that character was felt throughout the book, and I'm still mad about his death. I still think it was a stupid thing to do to the story. I marked this as having a love story, but it's very minor.

While the first book spans twenty years, this one takes place in only one. I wish the events of the first book (minus he end) had been spread out over more than one book. Lo
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Nikki
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Sarah’s Quilt, although I still do not agree with the title even if it is meant to be symbolic. I suppose this is a step-up from the last book’s title, These Is My Words, a title which almost made me never pick it up. But I’m glad I did, These Is My Words was one of the best books I read this year so far.

As for the story told in Sarah‘s Quilt, it is told over many months of the year of 1906. Too much happens to even really discuss, all in the span of a few months. Drought, earth
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Luann
Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Luann by: Donna R.
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as These Is My Words - especially in the beginning. I think I was missing Jack nearly as much as Sarah! It was really quite painful to go through that mourning process with her. She thought about him a LOT, and I kept thinking, "WHY, oh why couldn't he be in this book as well?" I do love Sarah's character, though. She makes me want to be a better person. She has such a wonderful, down-home type of common sense. There were times later on in the story when I w ...more
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